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Stars take centre stage

Magnetic tweezer measurements have revealed the forces associated with a star-shaped structure responsible for moving the sperm nucleus to the centre of the egg cell following fertilization.

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Garzon-Coral, C., Howard, J. Stars take centre stage. Nature Phys 14, 778–779 (2018).

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